01 Jul '13, 10pm

Amazing photos from an #elephant sanctuary in Kenya

Amazing photos from an #elephant sanctuary in Kenya

During a long period of rain, I drove along the flood-soaked roads of Nairobi to the entrance gates of the Nairobi elephant orphanage. Looking through the broad iron gates, I found it difficult to imagine that this was a haven for the orphaned victims of the illegal ivory trade. But for infant elephants that were once abandoned and alone, with little chance of survival on their own, life behind the gates now seems far more certain. Kenya’s orphans have a home. The rescued elephants, I learned during my first visit, are still dependent on mother’s milk for their nutrition. Like human babies, milk dependent orphans require a special formula and feeding every few hours. Their keepers serve as surrogate mothers and stay with them around the clock. Each night the nursery babies return to their stable with a keeper alongside. Having had no expectations what an elephant orphanage...

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